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European Union: Market Profile

22 Jan 2018

After 2.0% growth in 2016, the EU economy is set to expand by a faster pace in 2017 and 2018. This steady expansion should remain driven by domestic demand, thanks to the falling unemployment rate. In...Read More


New EU Anti-dumping Methodology Enters into Force, Together with Publication of Commission’s Report on Mainland China

12 Jan 2018

The EU’s new anti-dumping methodology, set out in Regulation (EU) 2017/2321, was published in the Official Journal on 19 December 2017. The legislation, which entered into force on 20 December 2017, s...Read More


Two New Consumer Safety Laws Proposed by European Commission

12 Jan 2018

On 19 December 2017, the European Commission presented two proposals relating to consumer safety: the first proposal concerns mutual recognition of consumer safety rules by Member States, and the othe...Read More


Chinese Solar-panel Maker Challenges Exclusion from Price Undertaking Before EU’s General Court

12 Jan 2018

It was reported on 18 December 2017 that the Chinese solar-panel maker Wuxi Saijing Solar has lodged an appeal against the EU on 30 November 2017 for excluding it from the price undertaking that allow...Read More


Highest EU Court Confirms Annulment of Anti-dumping Duties on Giant’s Bicycles from Mainland China; Ramifications Ensue for Other Companies As Well

12 Jan 2018

On 14 December 2017, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment dismissing an appeal brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), thereby confirming that the anti-dumpin...Read More


European Commission Renews Approval of Herbicide Glyphosate for Five Years After In-depth Re-evaluation

12 Jan 2018

On 15 December 2017, the European Commission’s implementing Regulation 2017/2324, which renews the approval for glyphosate for five years following a favourable vote of Member States on 27 November 20...Read More


Online Sales and the Case of “Parallel Imports” in the EU

12 Jan 2018

Hong Kong businesses can sell their products online and thereby have a worldwide reach. However, if branded products have not been authorised for sale in the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA – i....Read More


Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Actions

12 Jan 2018

On 21 December 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of electric bicycles. The European Commission had received a complaint alleg...Read More


Official Journal Summary

12 Jan 2018

Council Conclusions on the way forward of developing customs IT systems. Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2466 of 18 December 2017 amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the manag...Read More


After Approval of New Anti-dumping Methodology, EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Modernisation of EU’s Trade Defence Instruments

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, after long and difficult negotiations, the Commission, the Council of Member States’ ministers and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the modernisation of the...Read More


EU Establishes First Ever Tax Havens Blacklist, While Hong Kong is Placed on a Watchlist

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, finance ministers from the 28 EU Member States reached an agreement on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, otherwise also known as the EU’s first tax havens blacklist....Read More


Scope of “RoHS 2” is Amended, Affecting Replacement of Spare Parts and Refurbished Electrical and Electronic Equipment

15 Dec 2017

On 21 November 2017, new Directive 2017/2102, which amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS ...Read More


European Commission Restricts the Use of Peanut Oil and Hydrolysed Wheat Protein in Cosmetics

15 Dec 2017

Hong Kong’s exporters to the EU of cosmetic products should be alerted to a legislative development that may affect them. On 5 December 2017, Regulation 2017/2228 was published which restricts the use...Read More


Fees for Registration of Chemicals under the REACH Rules: ECHA Clarifies the Ability to Obtain a Fee Reduction for SMEs

15 Dec 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has confirmed that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registering their substances under REACH will benefit from a reduced registration fee, as long as they...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

15 Dec 2017

Chamois leather and combination chamois leather, whether or not cut to shape, including crust chamois leather and combination crust chamois leather, currently falling within CN codes 4114 10 10 and 41...Read More


Official Journal Summary

15 Dec 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2273 of 8 December 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on or...Read More


European Parliament Formally Endorses New EU Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Rules, Paving the Way for Their Entry into Force Within This Year

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Parliament formally approved the EU’s new legislation on the amendment of the existing rules on dumped and subsidised imports from third countries, such as mainland C...Read More


EU Law Published on Use of Electronic Portal for Customs Information Exchanges

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Commission published Implementing Regulation 2017/2089 on technical arrangements for developing, maintaining and employing electronic systems for the exchange of info...Read More


SolarWorld Loses Legal Challenge Against Price Undertaking for Imported Solar Cells and Solar Modules Before Europe’s Highest Court

1 Dec 2017

On 9 November 2017, in cases C-204/16 P and C-205/16 P, the European Court of Justice rejected a legal challenge brought by SolarWorld, a German producer of solar cells and solar modules. The challeng...Read More


Brexit: UK Issues Customs Draft Law While Facing Tough Criticism for Being Unprepared for a No-deal Scenario

1 Dec 2017

On 2 November 2017, the UK government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill, to be debated and passed by its Parliament. This will enable the governmen...Read More

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